BY POOJA VALEJA
The lockdown made us aware of life’s crucial nuances in keeping a healthy lifestyle and a motivated mind. We could make the most of our experience by kickstarting exercises that can rejuvenate the mind and the body even without stepping out of our homes.
- Surya Namaskars
Some of the leading ladies of Bollywood like Shilpa Shetty and Kareena Kapoor Khan have also been doing the ‘Surya Namaskar’ to keep them in shape and tone their bodies. It’s a simple practice of multiple steps that one needs to follow being in one place. A corner of a room, living area, or even a passage is a perfect space to do your Surya Namaskar’s daily. Doing it close to an open window is highly recommended. It can make you lose body fat and burning those extra calories. Doing it a minimum of 20 to 21 times a day for at least a month can show great results on anyone’s body. But one must ensure to keep the Surya Namaskar postures with detailing. While the pace is essential, it is equally crucial to ensure that the stance is done right to see significant results in a short time.
- Squats and Crunches
Squats and crunches are for the gym freaks. But it can also be done at home by pulling out your favorite mats and pick a corner of a room. For squats and crunches, try selecting a place opposite the mirror so you can see yourself do it well. Also, since these exercises are being done at home, it is always advisable to either follow a routine of doing it at similar hours daily or alternate days. Besides, it’s also equally important to ensure you keep yourself very hydrated and sip water in intervals. Over exerting yourself while working out and exercising from home is not one of the most ideal things, one should follow. Another great alternative is to look at online videos and take expert advice in case of pains and aches. This is because squats and crunches could lead to your back and knees’ issues if not done under the proper supervision.
Anxiety and stress are primary reasons one could put on weight even after not overeating. At many times due to stress we do not even realize when we were bingeing, even when we are not hungry. Remember, those times when you picked up your tub of ice cream in the middle of the night or when you were not getting sleep or when you were watching one of your favorite series and munching on a snack at late hours?
Often, we do not even realize that we are binge eating and especially on the wrong things at the most unsuitable hours. Pranayama could help you relax and calm the mind. It is vital to improving your breathing and blood’s oxygen flow, which could eventually ensure that the organs are working to its utmost and the body’s endorphin levels stay maintained. It is a vital aspect when it comes to keeping your mind healthy along with your body.
- Weight Training for Muscle Building
Who said weights could only be through dumbbells?
Muscle building is an acceptable form of keeping yourself fit and energetic while you do all the house chores. Do you remember the last time you carried your grocery bag, and you were tired? Well, this is the right time to pull that bag out. Lifting your 1-Liter and 2-Liter bottles of water could prove great dumbbells for replacing dumbbells.
With the world getting too digital, one of the most fantastic ways of keeping your mind busy in group exercises is through aerobics. Join an online aerobics course with a mentor and follow her steps to enjoy the same kind of music and great company. Aerobics is usually recommended in groups since the exercise has more vitality and vibe through movements. If one does not have a partner at home to join, one could join aerobics classes online to feel like he is a part of an entire course. One could also opt for videos online to recommend the steps. Also, Zumba is of a similar form that keeps the body supple.
Older people and persons with arthritis and joint problems are definitely recommended to do stretches at home. Stretches ensure that they make the body more supple, and they keep the joints more flexible. This will eventually ensure that the pains and the aches of the body are also reduced. While it is recommended that one should ensure that a physician’s advice is taken in advance. Basic stretching is recommended for all age groups.
One of the most fashionable forms of exercises during the 90s was skipping. We have all seen actresses like Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, and many others do ‘skipping’ as a part of the role in films. Skipping actually helps in building your stamina, improving your breathing, and pumping oxygen to the organs.
- Dance forms like – Belly Dancing, Ballet, Kathak
While many enjoy exercising, there is a large group of persons who run away from it. The term ‘exercise’ gets them to boredom. In such cases, one could engross themselves with their favorite dance forms. There are various online platforms that one could enroll to learn a dance form or acquire a skill. Some dance forms require huge spaces, but some other dance forms need limited areas. Belly dancing, Ballet, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam are some of the best ways to practice in their comfort zone. These dance forms not only help in losing fat and keeping fit, but these also help in bringing stability to mind and body since they require you to be in a specific posture for stipulated periods. They help to improve the concentration levels and reduce stress.
The next time you think you’re at home and do not have the comfort of doing any kind of exercise. Well, there are innumerable. While one must maintain a healthy body, a healthy mind is equally important.